UK Larp Awards 2017 – Nominations

UK Larp Awards 2017 – Nominations

Its that time of year when we get to see the nominations for the UK Larp Awards. The Awards themselves are on March 4th at the Century Theatre in Coalville. For the first time the awards being held in an actual Theatre. What happens when you fill a theatre with larpers? I guess we’ll find out.

These nominations are the result of an online poll held earlier this year, making these a public vote of appreciation for the nominees.

So here is the nomination shortlist

Best Player Run/Sanctioned Event

  • Do Not Go Gently – Slayers Lrp
  • It Tolls For Thee – Empire
  • Fae Fables – LT
  • Eid II – LT Wardens
  • Triage – Empire

Best Club system

  • Fools and Heroes
  • Aftermath
  • UNION at Nottingham Uni
  • Labyrinth
  • Rising of Chaos

Player of the Year

  • Chris Whitehead
  • Danny Leith
  • Marcus Riley
  • Sarah Cook
  • Rosie Woolley

Bard of the Year

  • Al Bevan
  • Dred Roberts
  • Esme Galea/Bessy the Bard
  • Golden Apple
  • Claire Sheridan

Best Small Larp of the Year

  • Twisted Tales
  • Hades
  • The World Went Dark
  • Neothera Saga
  • Faded Glory

Medium Larp of the Year

  • Age of Aether
  • Future’s End
  • Shadow Wars
  • Tales Out Of Anchor
  • Happily Ever After

Best Large Larp of the Year

  • Curious Pastimes
  • Empire
  • Odyssey
  • Lorien Trust
  • Green Cloaks

Best Family event of the Year

  • Empire
  • Lorien Trust
  • Outcast
  • Curious Pastimes
  • Fields of Illusion

Best Grassroots system of the Year

  • Future’s
  • Fools and Heroes
  • Lorien Trust
  • The World Went Dark
  • Neothera Saga

Best New Larp of the Year

  • Age of Aether
  • Cry Havoc
  • Before the End
  • Future’s End
  • Happily Ever After

Best Larp Producer – Foam/Latex

  • Dark Raven Armoury
  • Light Armouries
  • Eldritch
  • Medlock Armouries
  • Saxon Violence

Best Larp Producer – Leather

  • White Rose Apparel
  • Darkblade
  • Evenlode
  • Ben Loder
  • Dad’s Armoury

Best Larp Producer – Costume

  • White Star Clothing
  • Chow’s Emporium
  • Dusk Monkey
  • Cræftigan
  • Angrave Designs

Best Larp Caterer

  • The Right Wok
  • Caggles Catering Corps
  • Warden’s Catering (Eid II)
  • Mhorish Goodfood
  • Maria Frank (Triage event)

Best Creature Costume of the Year

  • The War Frame – Age of Aether
  • Kodiak Bear – Jerusalem Jones
  • Velociraptors – Mandala
  • Jack of Chains – Andy Rimmer
  • Verdigris – Mind-Forged Manacles

On-line Retailer of the Year

  • Having a Larp
  • Larp Inn
  • Darkblade
  • Gem’s Trading Company
  • Clutterbuys

In-field Retailer of the Year

  • Having a Larp
  • Das Shoppe
  • Light Armouries
  • Chow’s Emporium
  • Gem’s Trading Company

NPC of the Year

  • Matt Strange – Cael
  • Andrew ‘Fozz’ Forest – Ishtar
  • Jenny Barratt – Eloise Hunter
  • Tin King – Strategy
  • Tom McNaulty – Haphaestion

Event Crew Member of the Year

  • Katie Logan
  • Charlotte Pirie
  • David McBride
  • Katie Rogers
  • Rich McBride

Best Mainstream Event

  • Breakout – Manchester
  • Harry potter Tour – London
  • Crystal Maze – London
  • Knightmare Live – Touring Production
  • Undercover (Fire Hazard Games) – London

Best Larp Photograph

Please note that the links to best Larp photograph galleries take you to Facebook pages

The image for this post is the official header image for LARPCON 2017

LARPBook intends to cover the event in detail.

Larptickets and LARPBook

Larptickets and LARPBook

Early on this year (back in the first week of January), larptickets.com opened its doors for the first time. It is the official ticket selling arm of Dziobak studios. LARPBook had a hand in its creation and I thought now might be a good time to talk about that. I’ve waited till now for 2 reasons.

  1. I wanted to make sure it was working – I’d rather fix a fault than tell people to look at something with issues
  2. I wanted to let Dziobak go first, (and they did write a magnificent blog post about its launch.)

So let’s start with what larptickets is. It is an open system for selling both event tickets and additional purchases – such as transfer busses between airports and events.

Why am I going into detail? Well, LARPBook (Rob and Stuart on this job) wrote the system working closely with Dziobak (Claus and Agata on their side).

I thought it might be a good idea to talk about the process. I don’t see the need to go into the technology as the site is about 95% off the shelf open source components. We did write a few small software extensions to get it just right. The point though is by using tried and tested open source software the cost was low but the output was high.

The project started with Claus Raasted looking for an alternative to PayPal for taking payments. He is not alone in thinking that PayPal costs are high. Especially when you are selling items worth hundred of Euros. He asked his question to the larping community on Facebook and almost universally people said look at Stripe. We actually agree. Stripe is a great system for taking card payments. It will not however run the whole process. For that you need a website.

Stuart proposed the idea of building a bespoke website and the project was born.

Most of the work ran through the  week between Christmas and the New Year, and a few days into 2017. It was a quick turn around.

We worked in two ways. First of all roles were very quickly established based on ability. This broke down to

Stuart – liaison, and head copywriter. You may think of Stuart as being the podcast host. But he is actually excellent at  putting copy in place.

Claus – Visionary, and more importantly editor. You may now Claus as the great larp evangelist. However to work with he is great and quickly understands what he needs and how to express it.

Agata –  Awesome behind the scenes person and the one making sure the whole system could be worked.

Rob –  Explaining how things worked and hitting the internal machinery of the website with a very large hammer.

This meant the team was not too big (that would have just caused far too much debate) and more importantly that everyone understood what they were doing. Also critical. If a team gets too large the issue of who is responsible for what soon rears its ugly head.

Throughout the project Claus and Agata were in one country and we were in another. Fortunately we have the Internet. We did not use email. Instead all written communication went through a group on Facebook Messenger. This made it open to all, direct and easy to pass comment. In addition a great deal of conversation and screen sharing happened via appear.in. If you’re not aware of appear.in then take a look as it allows for the quick and easy creation of online meeting rooms with chat and screen sharing facilities. It is outstanding.

Stuart held the project together  during its life, by being the most active communicator, whilst the rest of us ran around and did our bits. That worked well.

If this project was about one thing it was about members of the larp community with varying backgrounds and skills coming together to achieve a common goal. I’ve often thought of larpers as being the nicest group of people I know and what happened here to quickly go through a process of ideas, decisions, education and construction really did prove that point to me. If the larp community works together then a lot of good things can happen.

Well larp tickets is up and running so what next?

Well first and foremost LARPBook will support larp tickets to help keep it running at its best. I’m sure also that Dziobak will keep coming up with cool larping ideas

It also marks an interesting point in LARPBook’s life as we created something new for another larp group. This is not going to be an isolated interested as we are already looking at an updated web site for a UK larp club and a major overhaul of larpbook itself.

Good things happen with cooperation.

 

 

 

What’s Your Game 2017 – Videos

What’s Your Game 2017 – Videos

So Stuart and I visited what’s your game and got all caught up in the atmosphere and the action of the event. However although conveying the visit in words is good. Letting you have a look around is better. So here are our first 3 videos from the event.

Lets start of with our arrival, a quick tour of the facilities and an interview from Tink of Curious Pastimes

 

Next up – the exploration continues. We watch the  Kings Lifeguard of Foote, and the larp duelling contest. There is also a short interview with the duelling competition winner.

 

We managed to get a short video interview with Jamie Blakeman of Larp Inn (he’sa bit video shy)

 

Of course no visit to a larp fair would be complete without talking to someone about their larp. We managed to get this interview with Beccy Miskin about Age of Aether.

Finally or at least for the moment, we thoroughly enjoyed What’s Your Game and intend to go back again next year – or to any time this team puts on a fair.

 

 

 

 

LARPBook Show Episode 50: Hamster Laugh

LARPBook Show Episode 50: Hamster Laugh

If you’d prefer to stream or download the Audio please click here.

In this episode we talk to Reno from StatusLarp. The result is probably more laughter from both hosts and guests than any of other previous shows. If you listen – you’ll understand the term Hamster Laught. We also welcome Luke back as a regular member of the show team.

Most of the show is an extended interview with Reno. We learn about his larps, and the evolution of his YouTube channel. We also talk about his hilarious Random Character Generator.  Thanks to Reno we also get one of best interactions from the chat room. Even if they are mostly all about reminding him to mention things, or causing plenty of embarrassment.

For that I’d like to thank Reno for being such a good sport.

Here is the link for his YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ6lcOMRTRTkWO4xllwceGg

And here is the link to his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StatusLARP/?fref=ts

Stuart and Rob also briefly talk about their recent visit to the excellent What’s Your Game larp kit fair. LARPBook will shortly be releasing videos about that trip. There is also more information here.

Two events get a mention in this episode:

Knutepunkt 2017

https://knutepunkt.org/
The annual Larp design conference in Oslo, Norway
February 23-26, 2017

Norseman Saga Pt 12 – Havard

https://www.facebook.com/events/912251495543439/
Run by Eyelarp

Story for Havard
Winter 886.
In only a few days of arriving at the abandoned camp of Eric the Red the Yawlung has begun to settle and good fortune fall upon them.

A ship of Rus has been re-united with the clan after being losts in the corssing. They have brought with them the promised oak planks traded for ransom.

Erik himself has come down from a mountain hideaway where supplies were being stored. They had gathered enough for the 400 in the 3 months of being here, but sickness and hostile forest folk slowly dwindled their numbers until only 30 remained. The night of the arrival of the Yawlung, his camp was finally overrun and only a handful now survives. The attack came after Gold jewelry on old bones thought abandoned was taken, it turned out to be burial mounds of the forest folk and a hostile attack on Eric’s camp wiped out the last of his strength. ..

 

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What’s Your Game Kit Fair – 2017

What’s Your Game Kit Fair – 2017

First a quick explanation. What’s Your Game is an annual larp equipment fair that runs every February in Gloucester.

The fair is hosted in the thirteenth century Blackfriars priory.   A number of modern buildings have been also been  built at the site. The fair uses both the old and new. Which is sort of nice as you wander between different architectural periods as you look at different types of equipment. Something that is added to by its higgledy piggledy layout. Several different buildings, interconnecting rooms that are all spread over several floors.  So if you want to see everything you kind of have to explore and quest a bit.

The majority of the goods offered cater to the UKs massive fantasy larp scene – but if you look there are all kinds of little gems. For me that was getting a chance to try out an absolutely massive steam punk ‘beam’ rifle. This thing was huge ,all brass, leather, wood and valves. It vibrated as it built up charge to fire and had a wonderful heft when shouldered.

But I digress. Let me explain our coverage of this event.

What follows is a photo gallery. Its not that large as the nature of the venue didn’t really lead itself to photography of the stalls. However we do have a lot video material, that as  I write is in processing. All being well there are going to be some fun interviews and sequences to watch.

The big question is would I go again. Absolutely I would. Great demonstrations and lots of fun and interesting people to talk to. Lets also not forget the kit – the quality was as ever awesome.

Writing a LARP with Tin Tin

Writing a LARP with Tin Tin

tintin

Tin Tin is a Swedish larper. This series of interviews features her talking to Stuart about the creation of a historical larp.You should note that these are all audio recordings despite being placed on YouTube (just for ease of streaming).

So do not worry if all you can see is our logo.The four parts are.

1. Vision

In this section Tin Tin talks about how she came up with the ideas for this larp. She also talks about why she wanted to write it in the first place.

2. Planning the Execution

Tin Tin explains how she documented the larps execution plan. This story is about a group of people waiting for someone at a coffee shop. Tin Tin wrote techniques that would help players to offer up a stories about the person they were waiting for. Creating this document became the plan on how to run the larp.

3. Story

In this section we talk about the main story-line and also how each character ties into the web of subplots between the cast of players in the larp.

4. Practical concerns

The conversation moves into the real world. We discuss the practicalities of finding a venue and how to keep the cost down to a minimum by asking players if they would be willing to contribute their skills in some way. I.E. someone baking all the cakes.

We’d like to thank Tin Tin for all her work in the production of this series. This is an important contribution to larpbook.

If you would like to do the same please get in touch with us. We’re always looking for new and interesting material.

 

The image used in this post is from Flickr user A Birkan CAGHAN. You can learn more about this picture and its licence here.

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